Digital x-rays are quickly becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
CONE BEAM COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY (3D IMAGING)
Cone beam computer tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray machine that generates a 3-D image of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. This aids the dentist in evaluating the jaw for any pathology, the teeth for infections, and the bone and tooth orientation. A CBCT is one of the most valuable tools in implant planning. An implant can be precisely placed digitally avoiding major anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses that cannot be confidently identified in a conventional 2-D x-ray. A surgical stent is then fabricated from this digital implant placement to guide exact placement can be replicated in the mouth.
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
The use of lasers can eliminate a gummy smile by gently and safely removing the excessive gum tissue around your teeth. It is minimally invasive and can eliminate the use of a scalpel in some procedures.
Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and the tooth is causing pain.
Rotary endodontics is a way of performing the root canal utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease.